Co-habitation or living together agreements

As marriage rates decrease, there is a growing trend of parties choosing to co-habit. There is a presumption that the concept of common law husband and wife exists – it does not and many parties, especially when separating, find that they have little or no legal protection. It is therefore important to consider all issues relating to co-habitation from the beginning of a relationship or if that relationship is ending.

There are also other areas which need to be considered for children including that of child maintenance and child support. For example, applications made need to be made Children Act 1989, section 15 and Schedule 1 applications.

Get in Touch

Paul Wild offers a fixed fee initial meeting of one hour to discuss your personal circumstances, your options and your next steps, at a cost of £95.00 ( inc VAT) , followed by a free letter of advice.

Paul will meet you in our Reading Berkshire office. If you would like to meet with Paul please telephone the office so that an appointment can be arranged.

Paul is a Solicitor specialising in Family Law and is a member of Resolution (formerly The Solicitors Family Law Association) and has trained in and practises both Mediation and Collaborative Law and is a member of Reading Family Mediation (“RFM”) and also the Thames Valley Collaborative POD.

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